Book Condition: As New in As New dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Size: 8vo; x, 182 pages
Publisher: New York: The Viking Press, 1969.
A first Trade edition/first printing in As New condition in alike dustjacket. This edition was published simultaneously with a limited edition of only 1000 copies. Bound in tourquoise and blue cloth with silver lettering on the spine, matching turquoise top stain. Goldstone/Payne A44b. A most attractive copy.
Each working day from January 29 to November 1, 1951, as a "warm-up" to writing East of Eden, Steinbeck penned a letter to the late Pascal Covici, his friend and editor of the Viking Press. He wrote the letters on the left-handed pages of a notebook. The facing pages would be filled with the text of East of Eden. The letters covered many subjects from Steinbeck's random thoughts to novel writing to concern for his sons.